Some people who follow Jesus have a future focus, greatly anticipating heaven. They endure the present while waiting for what is next.
Other people who follow Jesus have a present perspective, living boldly for today as his ambassadors to the world. The afterlife is almost an afterthought.
Which is it? Is our reward for following Jesus, now or later?
The answer is “Yes!”
Jesus said that his followers will receive a reward in the present and even more in the future; he promises us something for today and something for tomorrow.
The Bible says that what we give up for Jesus now, he will replace multiple times in our present life, with eternal life as a bonus later. When we follow Jesus, we get the best of both.
[Read through the Bible with us this year. Today’s reading is Luke 16-18, and today’s post is on Luke 18:29-30.]
Read more about the book of Luke in That You May Know: A 40-Day Devotional Exploring the Life of Jesus from the Gospel of Luke, now available in e-book, paperback, and hardcover.
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices.
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